It’s time, again, to check in on all the latest news from the MLB Injury Report and figure out how it all affects your fantasy team. You’ve got plenty of day to day bumps and bruises that you should be aware of, as well as a few names that have landed on the DL at such a crucial point in the season. Fortunately though, you’ve also got a few names that are finally returning to action, so as you get ready to head into the weekend and figure out your lineups for the next scoring period, take a look through and get yourself up to date. Here’s how this week has unfolded…
It was a little nerve-wracking for Michael Morse owners after manager Davey Johnson said the injury appeared to be serious, but after x-rays and examinations, it has been determined that Morse simply has a bone bruise, or elbow contusion as the experts like to say. The injury could very well keep him on the shelf this weekend, so adjust your lineups accordingly, but it doesn’t look like he’ll land on the DL at all. Bullet dodged….for now.
The Tigers are hoping to avoid a DL stint for Brennan Boesch, but there is still no timetable for his return to action. A recent MRI revealed a second degree thumb sprain and there has been a lot of swelling. The team will continue to monitor his progress and are hoping to have him back late in the weekend. Chances are high that he will miss the next few games, but could/should be ready for action next week.
After tweaking a back muscle, Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday has missed the last two games. However, the injury is apparently not serious enough to warrant a DL stint, according to the team. You’ll have to check lineups daily to make sure, but Holliday could return to the lineup as early as Friday night.
Those that have been monitoring Orioles’ infielder Josh Bell for his keeper potential could be seeing him again at some point this weekend. He is battling an oblique injury, had an MRI on Wednesday, participated in drills, but still was out of the lineup for Thrusday’s game. He is not really someone on whom you should be relying for this season, so if you are, find yourself an alternative. However, you’ll want to keep him on your radar for 2012.
Indians outfielder Michael Brantley is still being considered day to day after missing the last two games with a lingering wrist issue. He’s been dealing with it for a good portion of the season, but apparently it really flared up on him during Tuesday’s game. The team is not ready to put him on the DL and Brantley says that he is fine, so there’s still a chance that he could return at some point this weekend. You’ll just have to monitor his status on a daily basis.
Brandon Phillips remains out of action for the Reds and, while there hasn’t been any talk of him landing on the DL, he is likely to miss the remaining games for this week. He was diagnosed with tennis elbow, so rest and rehab seem to be the way to go, but if he continues to miss time, he could be a major risk for next week as well. There was talk of a cortisone shot, but Phillips apparently refused citing, “If they have to stick me to play, it's just more reason I shouldn't be playing.” Fantasy owners should continue with whatever alternative they have been using from their league’s waiver wire and should keep checking the Reds’ lineup card daily.
The Rockies are continuing to monitor Huston Street’s condition lately as he’s been dealing with a lats and triceps issue. There’s no talk of placing him on the DL, but considering he’s given up five earned runs over his last four innings (four appearances), one would think that some rest is in order. Fortunately, as a closer, it comes down to whether or not he’s needed to pitch, so if the Rockies aren’t in any save situations, he can continue to rest his arm and heal. He should be ready to go this weekend, but check in on him if there’s a save to be had and he’s not on the hill at all. In the event that Street is not able to go, the Rockies will likely have to turn to Rafael Betancourt after Matt Lindstrom was placed on the DL Wednesday with arm soreness.
Carlos Beltran is likely to miss the Giants entire weekend series against the Marlins as he continues to recover from a wrist injury that has had him sidelined all week long. Beltran injured the wrist on Sunday, missed the whole series against the Pirates and had himself a cortisone shot on Thursday to help ease the pain. Normally, players miss a few days after cortisone shots, so it looks like he won’t be ready to go until Monday when they take on the Braves.
The Giants could also be without Nate Schierholtz this weekend as he has been dealing with a hip flexor injury. He injured himself during Tuesday’s game and was out of the lineup for Wednesday. A shame really, as Schierholtz has been playing regularly even with the arrival of Beltran. If he continues to miss time, expect to see more of Aaron Rowand in San Francisco’s lineup.
Derrek Lee is being considered day to day/questionable for Friday’s game as he has been dealing with a bone bruise in his hand the last few days. He missed Wednesday’s game and Garrett Jones replaced him in the lineup, so if he is still unable to go, expect the same lineup configuration. Lee should be back, though, at some point over the weekend.
The A’s were hoping to have Coco Crisp back in the lineup on Thursday, but he was still unable to go while he’s been dealing with a lingering calf issue. There’s still hope to have him back over the weekend, but this type of injury has been known to drag on and you might want to stay with whatever alternative you’ve been using this week. If he’s healthy, then you’ll probably want to get him back into your lineup.
After missing the last four games, the Reds are starting to wonder whether or not Yonder Alonso will be ready to go this weekend. He’s been dealing with an ankle issue and could miss more time this weekend, so if you’re using him right now, you should make alternative plans, atleast for the short term.
The Padres have yet to decide whether or not to put Orlando Hudson on the DL this week. O-Dog was forced to leave Tuesday’s game early with a groin strain and missed the next two games while continuing to recover. He continues to be an injury risk, especially at his age, and truth be told…if you’ve been relying on Hudson for any real sort of production this season, your team must be hurting pretty badly. Surely, there’s someone else available to you. Of course there’s someone else available and don’t call me Shirley.
Despite the fact that there are reports coming out that Adrian Beltre is currently traveling with the team, he should still miss about two more weeks with his hamstring injury. The reason he is accompanying them on this 10-game road trip is because they want to closely monitor him after he pushed himself too hard in rehab and re-aggravated the injury. The Angels may be creeping up behind the Rangers in the standings, but don’t expect the Rangers to rush their slugging third baseman back and chance losing him for even longer.
So much for that late season stolen base burst if you were relying on Dee Gordon to help you out. The Dodgers placed the young shortstop on the DL with a bruised right shoulder, retroactive to August 10th, and should continue to roll with Jamey Carroll as their shortstop. Carroll doesn’t have the same upside as Gordon but still may be worth a look in deeper NL-only leagues while he’s getting the regular playing time.
The Brewers were forced to put starter Chris Narveson on the DL with a thumb laceration he received while repairing his glove on Tuesday night. He took a few stitches, but should be back after his 15 days are up. The Brewers have moved up Zack Greinke to take Narveson’s place on Friday and have shuffled their rotation a bit, so check on your other Brewers starters for this weekend.
It was obviously just a matter of time before the move happened, but the Marlins finally threw Hanley Ramirez on the DL with his shoulder issues. HanRam missed the last seven games, so the move was made retroactive to August 3rd, which means he could actually be ready to go later in the week when his 15 days are officially up. Despite his struggles, you have to activate him once he returns.
Great news for those patient Shin-Soo Choo owners as the tribe’s star outfielder has been activated from the DL about a week earlier than expected. It wasn’t like he was raking down there on his rehab assignment, but in the heat of a playoff race, the Tribe figured he could work on his timing while up in the majors. The activation was Friday morning, so he should be in the lineup for all three games this weekend. You might see him struggle a bit, as it was a broken thumb that sidelined him, but he once he gets going, he should be a strong asset down the stretch. Austin Kearns was demoted in order to make room on the roster.
Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is beginning a Class-A rehab assignment Friday and manager Joe Girardi expects him to return no later than August 18th. If you’re in a weekly league and are desperate for the help next week, then you can think about activating him, but conventional wisdom says to play it safe this late in the season and be happy with the fact that you’ll have him for, not the upcoming, but the following scoring period.
Despite sitting 10 games out of first in the AL Central, the twins are continuing to push forward and are hoping that the return of Justin Morneau can help them advance in the standings over the next month and a half. Their star first baseman, who was dealing with a wrist ailment and recovering from neck surgery to remove a disk fragment, has been crushing the ball on his rehab assignment (.367-1-8 in 7 Triple-A games) and looks like he’s ready to get back to the bigs. Given his recent history, you have to consider him a bit of an injury risk, but at this stage of the game, he’s easily worth a shot.
There seems to be a slight glimmer of hope that Justin Smoak, who has missed the last seven games with a thumb injury, will return to the lineup Friday. Both he and manager Eric Wedge are of the belief that he has had sufficient time to heal, so check the lineup to make sure. Mike Carp has been filling in over the last week, but he should probably move back to the bench once Smoak is ready to go.
Reports out of Atlanta have Tommy Hanson back on the hill for the Braves by August 16th. Hanson has a case of shoulder tendenitis, but an MRI revealed no structural damage at all. He’ll probably receive a cortisone injection and be available for his start against the Giants. If he’s back on time, you’ll want him active against the offensively challenged defending champs.
More good news for the Braves as Brian McCann is beginning his rehab assignment Friday and should be back behind the dish for the Braves next week. He’s been dealing with an oblique issue, but all seems to be on the right path towards full health. You’ll want to make sure you have him active once he’s ready. David Ross, who did an admirable job filling in, goes back to the bench.
The Giants have announced that Barry Zito will make a Triple-A rehab start Saturday and could make it back by the end of the week. Now the question is where to put him. The team is currently deciding between him and Jonathan Sanchez as their fifth starter, although neither has performed well recently. Odds are that Zito ends up in long relief, but there’s also the chance that the team moves to a six man rotation to preserve some of the younger arms for the stretch run.
Other players who could be returning over the next week or two include: Alex Presley, Miguel Tejada, Ivan Rodriguez, Chris Coghlan, Scott Baker, Chase D’Arnaud, Jason Giambi, John Jaso, Brendan Ryan, Jose Tabata, Chris Heisey, Ryan Spilborghs, and Chris Denorfia.
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